My blog is called "Creative Smiles" because my designs are the result of incorporating mistakes. With fumble fingers that drop whatever they are holding - repeatedly, it takes a lot of giggles, smiles and creative patience during my crafting process. xx

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Monday, February 01, 2016

Kissing Frogs {Crafts Galore Encore}

Hello, dear crafting friends!
Welcome to the second challenge of 2016 at Crafts Galore Encore Challenges!

The Rules to the Challenge are so easy! 
Just create your project (using any crafting medium) according to this month's theme with up to 3 entries, and link your blog posts directly to the linky on the CGE Challenge site! That's it!
Three adorable images are the prize!
This month's challenge theme is easy-peasy - 
"Anything Goes Using a Digi or Stamp".

Our Sponsor this month is: 
Sherri Baldy "Besties" Digit Stamps
I absolutely could not stop the little girl in me!

     My card became girl-i-er...

          and girl-i-er...   and girl-i-er...

               no matter how many times I tried to stop! Yikes!

Products Used:

Big Eyed Girl - Sherri Baldy "Besties" Digit Stamps
     All the dies are from Scrapy Land,
          Glitter is from Sparkle N Sprinkle,
               Pretty flowers (etc) are from Lavish Laces (Etsy),

This little "Kisser of Frogs" was so fun to color! It was only natural to glitter-fy her!
Glitter on her dress,
Glitter on the edges of circle,
Glitter on the leaves,
Glitter on the flowers
glitter on our unsuspecting German Shepherd!

Computer-generated sentiment because...

Life becomes full of Love when we fully embrace it - 
-all of it - 
even the hard times!

Next, I made a flat 6" x 6" card for mailing purposes.
Not my normal color choices,
it is in ultra neon bright colors, but still in pink and green.

Only her petticoats are glittered! She looks electric!
Distressed edges are sewn with three layers of stitching.

Now it's your turn to play!

Products Used:
  • Image: My Besties IMG308
  • Sentiment: computer generated
  • Sue Wilson Dies: Italian Decorative Frames Circles, Italian Corner Border Tag, Dandelion Clocks
  • Spellbinders: (1st card) Grand Big Scallop Circles, Grand Labels 23 (frame), Petite Scallop Long Rectangles, Long Rectangles, Grand Circles (2nd card) Diamondessence, Grand Stately Circles
  • Memory Box (1st Card) Cascadia Butterfly Trio, Leavenworth Butterfly Trio, (2nd card) Fuchsia Sprig 98303
  • Sparkle N Sprinkle Green Iris Glitter G1068, Starfire Glitter G1017
  • Fabric Flowers, Silk Flowers, leaves and Lace from Lavish Laces (Etsy)
  • Recollections rhinestone hearts
Challenges I'd like to play in Pretty Please?
  1. A Gem of a Challenge #161 In The PINK - LOTS of Pink plz - 2/4
  2. Crafty Cardmakers #156 Use Dies or Punches (used 11 diff die sets to create the circles and other shapes - the specific dies are listed in the Products Used section of my post) 2/7
  3. Allsorts Challenge Blog - #348 Bring on the Bling (both cards are loaded with glitter, but the first card has blingy heart rhinestones across the bottom of the easel card, very sparkly-glittery flowers and leaves, her dress is all glittered except for the petticoat, the two large green flowers have crystal-green brad centers 2/3
  4. Crafting With Friends #13 Anything Goes 2/12
  5. My Besties UK Challenge (Feb 1) Anything Goes with buttons or brads (brad centers in the green flowers on the first card, 3 buttons sewn into the CS on the 2nd card) 3/1
  6. 613 Avenue Create #161 - Anything Goes Using Something From Your Stash - my promise was to use lots of my stash this year (Card 1: used old green negative frame around outside, old green ribbon roses, old green crystal brads, old flowers and leaves, old pink heart rhinestones. Card 2: used old buttons and designer paper) 2/7 
  7. Eclectic Ellapu: (Feb 1) "Love Actually - Anything to do with Love" This little kisser of frogs is seeking her true love. She is surrounded by hearts in the first card, and the sentiment is bordered with pink heart rhinestones - and still hopeful in the 2nd card LOL holding her little crowned frog prince) 2/28
  8. Scrapbook Stamp Society #84 Anything Besties with Option of Heart (1st card has hearts circled around Besties from a Sue Wilson die combined with a Spellbinders scallop die) 2/14
  9. Elliebelle's Creative Moments Color It Up Linky Party - Anything Goes as long as it is Colored #3 - 2/12

Stamping Hugs,


brenda said...

Your on a roll today Donna and what absolutely lush colours on these two, many thanks for sharing another of your lovely cards with us at Allsorts challenge.

I have sparkly dogs as well !!

B x

Sue said...

What fab cards Donna.

Hope you have a good start to the week. Sue

Shona Erlenborn said...

These are absolutely stunning Donna. The first one laden with all these gorgeous embellishments and then the neon version! Both beautifully colored and sufficiently decorated with glitters - just a feast for the eyes! Poor doggy - but I guess he's used to it!

Lori Kobular said...

Ahhh....I love both of your adorable girly cards!! And I think a little glitter can't hurt, even on a dog!! You colored the images perfectly and I love the dies you used on each card!!

Pamellia said...

Holy cow Donna, gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!!! I just love the soft girlie palette on that first card, wowzers!! Those flowers are just dreamy, and of course, your work with the die cuts is amazing!! My dogs are always covered in glitter, isn't that a hoot! hugs :)

KarinsArtScrap said...

fabulous and very beautiful card Donna,
great design
Gr Karin

*Vicki* said...

Oh wow Donna, she's so beautiful!! I am really loving the colors and stunning flowers here on your design!! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration! HUGS

KT Fit Kitty said...

Wow, Donna!!! These are absolutely gorgeous! I am not a Besties fan but you've really done a fabulous job with this image! Your colouring looks amazing and I love all the glitter and flowers and die-cuts and lace you've added! Fabulous cards! I love this colour combo - it's my all-time favourite! I've seen glitter on my kitties too haha! I find glitter in my kitchen, in my bathroom, I have to smile when I see the sparkle!

Elaine aka Ellapu said...

Fabulous cards Donna and love just oozes from them - cutie frogs. Thanks for sharing with us over at Eclectic Ellapu this month and hope to see you in future challenges hun x

Lisa said...

Oh wow, Donna, both of your cards are absolutely stunning!! I love, love how you colored the sweet images!! You brought them to life!! The colors are amazing, the details are fabulous!! They are both so beautiful I could just look at them all day!! And I love the sweet picture of your glitter-fied German Shepherd!! Heehee!! Have a great day my friend!! Big hugs :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

SD pooja said...

Hot pink n fresh green wow !!

SD pooja said...

Hot pink n fresh green wow !!

Leslie Miller said...

I'm glad you didn't stop the girly-ness because your cards are fabulous! I LOVE pink and green and all the sparkle and her ruffled petticoat. I wore petticoats when I was a little girl and the fuller the better. Could never seem to get them full enough. Guess Mom didn't want me to look like a ballerina. Love the second card, too. The layered dies remind me of her petticoat. I'm totally good with the bright colors. As for the glitter getting everywhere, I absolutely cracked up when I came to the photo of your sweet doggie!

Linda said...

Gorgeous cards, Donna!

Unknown said...

So cute thanks for sharing a besties uk -Carol uk DT xx

Nancy Hill said...

This is a winning card. You did a fabulous job with the coloring, flowers and glitter. Absolutely gorgeous. Nancy Hill - Hugs

Andree said...

Both of these cards are gorgeous Donna. I love all the sparkle, flowers, hearts and wonderful colours you've used xx

Karen said...

Donna, my darling friend, these are the sweetest bursts of sunshiny love! The vibrancy is gorgeous and I always adore your use of dies. The Sue Wilson heart is one of my favorites to use and see from others. Your sparkling heart shimmers in all you do.
I also want to let you know that my Blogger presence will continue to be limited due to my sister receiving a heartbreaking diagnosis. My amazing DT leaders have offered any time off needed, although I hope to be back later this week or next. I will be visiting my crafty friends as I can, so please know if I disappear it is solely to take care of my family that continues to get bombarded with unhappy news. Thank you for being such a beautiful friend.. and inspiring me every moment I get to visit your blog. You are always in my prayers and in heart!

Hugs and blessings,

coldwaters2 said...

WOW, WOW, WOW Donna these are two stunning creations that first one is outstanding the image, card design and flowers are totally awesome, the second is full of so much vibrant colours, brilliant makes
lorraine x

NanaConnie said...

Donna, she looks much too cute to be kissing frogs but I do love your sentiment! Pink and green is a great color combo, especially when paired up with all the glitter and sparkle. Love the girly!

Silvis Kreativstube said...

Hallo liebe Donna,

ich liebe es deine Karten anzuschauen. Es ist so schön zu sehen das du das kleine Mädchen in dir bewahrt hast. Die Karte ist wunderschön geworden. Ich bin wieder begeistert von der tollen Gestaltung. Alles perfekt aufeinander abgestimmt. Bewahre dir weiterhin das mädchenhafte. Hugs Silvi

crafty-stamper said...

Both fabulous cards love the girly girly girly easel one,love the pink and green colours and beautiful embellishments-love all the glitter too-love the circle dies and stitching on the second one
Carol x

cotnob said...

These are gorgeous Donna, such a pretty image and beautifully coloured. I love pink and green, it is one of my favourite colour combinations and your sentiment is lovely. Your second card is so bright and cheerful, a fabulous design.

Kathleen said...

Some fabulous creations here and wonderful colours, great use of the bling.
Thank you for joining our Bling challenge this week at Allsorts


Sue said...

Donna, I love these cards, your colouring is wonderful and I really like your pretty card designs with those wonderful die cut circles. Thank you for joining us this time at A Gem of a Challenge.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Both are so beautiful! The colors are awesome and you always seem to know just what to add to each design. You are so good at coloring the images too! Thanks for sharing!

pam said...

Hi Donna, more loveliness from you today, two gorgeous cards, beautiful images and love the colour combo, the fabulous embellishments and floral arrangements.
Hugs Pam x

Sue said...

Gorgeous coloring on both little lovlies. Those eyes are really spectacular. All your pretty details look so nice. I love the sentiment too. Hope all is well with you, have a good week.


Linda Vich said...

Donna you are a master at combining die cuts and glitter and your coloring . . . Wow! I love this pink and green and the stamp is just darling! Hope you have a great day!

AnyOldCraft said...

Thank you for joining us at Allsorts this week :)
AnyOldCraft (DT)

Becky said...

Love the girlie girl card. So cute. :-)

Stampsnob. said...

Nothing wrong with Girly This card is beautiful ..........Lis

Pia S said...

Same image, same color schemes but how different they look! Love posts like this, so inspirational.
Love the softness and girliness of your first, love that ribbon and all the flowers, and your second card is a real eye catcher with the bold colors and it gets extra points for being flat for postage purpose!

craftieodmae said...

Gorgeous, and as always your coloring is amazing!!!

Kaija said...

Very beautiful!Thanks for joining us at ScarpbookStamp Society Challenge.Good luck and welcome again.Gr.Kaija Dt-member

Petra Swart said...

WOW, your cards are super gorgeous and so wonderfully girlie, Donna!!! Love all the beautiful little flowers and the little girl is just sooooo cute!!!! You have coloured her perfectly!!!! Such a lot of fabulous detail on both cards, my friend!!!
Have a great day!!!

Jean Bullock said...

This is darling! It's Sherri Baldy's fault that the card is girly. She brings out the girly in all of us, lol. Well done. I pinned of course.

Patricia St Martin said...

I'm so glad you posted these on facebook for some reason I did n0ot see this posting. Both of the card are more them wonderful. The easel card has gorgeous flowers and I love her in pink you colored her perfect. Love the sentiment all the wonderful layers and choice of colors. I know how it is with glitter but it is so amazing. Loving the distress look, three layers of sewing, how you did the background a little darker and her green eyes. You really out done yourself.
Hugs Pat

Shirley said...

How gorgeous and sweet does she look Donna, totally adorable and girly which works for me. Two very very pretty cards.

Join the club, it doesn't matter what I make it just seems to turn out neat and pretty which sometimes defeats the object of what I am trying to do. Ahhhh well!!!

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

KarinsArtScrap said...

and Donna
Thanks for join us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.
Good Luck and hope to see you again

Greetings Karin DT Coördinator

Lynsey said...

Hi this is a great card! Thanks for joining in with a Gem of a Challenge this time!
Hugs Lynsey x

julie_woolston said...

Gorgeous creation thank you for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers.
Hugs Julie

Ellibelle said...

So many wonderful details here Donna, cute image and love all those gorgeous embellishments. Thanks so much for linking up in my Let's Color Linky party!

Unknown said...

Two fabulous cards, so much pretty detail. I really like the bright colours of the second one. Thanks for joining us at My Besties UK. Cathy DT x

crafty said...

Love all the flowers! Thank you for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers. Hope to see you again.

Clair Matthews said...

Really sweet!! & great colouring xx

Monica said...

Awe, she is so super cute and what fresh colours here. The sentiment is so lovely.


Peanut said...

What a delightfully girly project, Donna. It would have been SO wrong not to glitter-fy your GS. :) Thanks for joining the “Love Actually” challenge at Eclectic Ellapu.
x Asha